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TV’s Batman Adam West, dead at 88; but he has another gift for his fans

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Image: Adam West as Batman (20th Century Fox/WB)

Adam West, who has been referred to by numerous as Batman and whose name is synonymous with playing your most well-known The Dark Knight role of mocking it, has passed away. He was 88.

He was born in 1928 in Walla, Washington. West was in the long run drafted into the United States armed force where he went about as a broadcaster on American Forces Network TV. Preceding Batman, West showed up in various TV Westerns, “The Invisible Enemy” scene of The Outer Limits, and had a supporting part in The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor.

The bulk of that could not hope to compare to Batman, which debuted in 1966, and was a social marvel. It is notorious both as an image of the ’60s and as a standout amongst the most compelling versions of the caped crusader. West himself was inseparably connected to the character for whatever was left of his life.

And while West ended up typecast because of the part, he later grasped it, repeating his part as Batman, playing spoofs of Batman, or playing satires of a performing artist who had one important superhero part. He kept the inheritance alive for a radically new era through voice work. He voiced a superhero who swung out to simply be a more seasoned on-screen character in Kim Possible and who coincidentally was named “Timothy North.”

He also voiced Simon Trent, an unemployed and broke performing artist well known for his costumed crimefighter the Gray Ghost in Batman: The Animated Series. The scene “Be careful the Gray Ghost” even incorporates Bruce Wayne recalling watching the show as a tyke and being enlivened.

West still has one final turn as Batman left: he’ll voice the character in the follow-up to the Batman ’66 film Return of the Caped Crusaders. Titled Batman versus Two-Face, and with William Shatner as Two-Face, it’s expected out this year.